Austin Bold FC
|Full name||Austin Bold Football Club|
|Founded||August 9, 2017|
|Head coach||Marcelo Serrano|
The club will play at a newly constructed stadium on the grounds of the Circuit of the Americas race track, to be located between the amphitheater and the grand plaza. The first goal in the stadium was scored by Kleber Giacomazzi in a 1–0 win against San Antonio FC on March 30, 2019.
Bobby Epstein, chairman of the Circuit of the Americas, has led the ownership group after becoming majority owner 2017. He is currently involved in a public relations battle with Anthony Precourt who has been sanctioned by Major League Soccer to create a franchise in Austin after selling his stake amid controversy in the Columbus Crew. Epstein hopes to build up his franchise fan base and use public perception and city government to keep Precourt from founding a team, perhaps purchasing the franchise rights himself. Epstein has been criticized for his tactics, including hiring petition campaigners who are accused of lying to the public.
Players and staffEdit
- As of April 19, 2019
- Includes USL regular season, USL playoffs, U.S. Open Cup. Excludes friendlies.
|Marcelo Augusto Silva Serrano||Brazil||August 3, 2018||present||16||6||5||5||37.50|
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- Roberto Silva – general manager
- Marcelo Serrano – head coach
- Ryan Thompson – goalkeeper coach
- Clint Stricker – strength coach
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